Tokushima Vortis gave their fans a spectacular second half, during which the team led by Ricardo Rodriguez, stormed back from one nil down and scored six goals marking the Blues biggest win this season. The victory reduces the distance with sixth position Mito Hollyhock, to 5 points and brings hopes for competing in the play-offs.
The match against Ryukyu was problematic for Tokushima in the beginning, who conceded a goal in the 35th minute from a great shot from outside the penalty area. The first half ended with Vortis at a disadvantage on the scoreline. However, a very different scenario occurred in the second half.
Tokushima scored the equaliser in the 52nd minute with a spectacular goal from Buijs from a direct free kick and were able to turn around the score with an own goal from Okazaki in the 72nd minute. The remaining goals came in the final quarter of the game. Kawata scored a hat-trick within 7 minutes, between minutes 76 to 83. Oshitani scored the sixth goal from a set-piece into the penalty area. Five of the six goals, one of which was a penalty, were from set-pieces.
Tokushima Vortis (45 points) play their next game at home against third place Kyoto Sanga, who currently have 52 points; a good opportunity to approach a direct rival. On the other hand, Japanese football witnessed this weekend Fernando Torres’ farewell; a player who has left his mark on Japanese football, having played for Sagan Tosu. His final match was against Vissel Kobe were he faced his teammates David Villa and Iniesta. Kobe defeated Sagan Tosu 6-1.